Serengeti Balloon Safaris

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Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari In Tanzania

A Serengeti balloon safari is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience, particularly suitable for a bird’s eye-view game viewing experience on your Let’s view Tanzania wildlife tour in northern Tanzania. Hot air balloon rides leave from three sites in this prime national park.

In Central Serengeti, wildlife gathers year-round in the Seronera River Valley where there is permanent water. The Great Migration passes through around May and June.

BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR A SERENGETI HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI EXPERIENCE

The best times for a hot air balloon safari in Serengeti National Park are very similar to the best time to visit the park in general. From January to February or from June through September are the best seasons to visit, although it is best to plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration. The winter is the best time to see the migrating herd in Southern Serengeti, while in the summer and autumn the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti are the best places for viewing the migratory herds.

January-February: The winter is the best time to visit Southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This region is often ignored by tourists due to its lack of wildlife during much of the year, which is a mistake.

The short rains in November draw the herd back towards its breeding grounds. This means that during the winter, these vast and plentiful grasslands are where you will find huge populations with wildebeest, zebras, and, of course, predators. February is also the calving season, which is a good time for viewing young wildlife and also when predators are likely to snatch some easy prey.

March-May: (When I visited) The Spring is the wet season, which scares away most tourists. However, you can find lower prices for safaris and lodging. In mid-march, we saw herds and predators every day so it is a great time to visit in the shoulder season.

June-September: During the summer, The Great Migration heads north. In the early months of summer, you will find the herd near the Grumeti River in the park’s Western Corridor. Watching the herd’s unfortunate meeting with the crocodile population during the crossing can make for an experience of a lifetime.

October-December: Short rains signal The Great Migration’s return to the grasslands of the south.

 

MY EXPERIENCE ON MY SERENGETI HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

The night before our Serengeti hot air balloon experience, our driver actually drove all the way out to our lodge. We were staying about an hour from the launch site so to save himself the early start the next morning, Steven our driver came and slept the night at our lodge.

The next morning we set off at 4:20 am from the lodge and began the bumpy drive through the bush on a route that often looked more bush than a road. Steven was wide awake and used the lights of the vehicle to spot African Hare, Spring Hare, and owls amongst other nocturnal animals. We also saw quite a large number of hyenas, zebras, and wildebeest who were in full-flight.

Just as the sky began to glow over the mountain range on the horizon, we arrived at the launch site. It was a spectacularly clear morning with light winds so it was perfect for the balloon flight. We hung about watching the colors change in the sky as the team began to set up and inflate the giant balloon.

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

For your Serengeti hot-air balloon trip in northern Tanzania, you will be collected around 0500 hours. An hour predawn drive through the bush to your launch site is a delight in itself. You may see nocturnal animals in the headlights that you could not have encountered any other way. Near a river like Seronera or Grumeti, you may meet grazing hippo.

On the plains, a lioness may return from her kill, a hyena slinking in her wake. In the cool early morning, a light-weight long-sleeved jacket and long trousers are a wise idea, with sturdy shoes. Remember to take your binoculars and DSLR camera to make the most of this highlight of your Serengeti excursion.

The huge balloon inflates swaying impatiently as it lifts. The intermittent roaring of the burner reminds you to put on your hat as it can get quite warm overhead. Assistants hold the basket steady, ensuring it remains level during take-off. Then comes the heart-stopping moment when you lose touch with the earth and become part of the dawn. As you ascend, the sky lightens from purple to pink. The sun clears the horizon, flooding the Serengeti plains with golden light.

How much is a hot air balloon ride in Serengeti?

$599 per person
Rack rate when they book in Serengeti:

The standard price for a Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari, when booking directly in the Serengeti, is $599 per person. This rate reflects the regular cost of this extraordinary adventure, providing an enchanting experience above the vast Serengeti plains

Is hot air balloon in Serengeti worth it?

You may or may not see a lot of animals (pilots have no control over this), but the views alone are worth the price of admission. I would visit the Serengeti just for this experience, and the people I was able to meet. Make this a must book experience if you plan on visiting the Serengeti!

Is the hot air balloon worth it in Tanzania?

So yes, it’s 100% worth it. The balloons are huge and the compartmented comfy baskets can accommodate from around 8 to 16 people for each voyage depending on the size. At this time, only children over seven years old are allowed on the trip and they must be accompanied by an adult.

What are two disadvantages of hot air balloons?

The greatest weather risks to ballooning include: The possibility of being becalmed over unfavorable landing sites. The risk of injury from a high wind landing. The risk of loss of control due to sudden gusts or wind shear. Sudden loss of visibility due to fog or precipitation.

How long does a hot air balloon ride last?

How Long Is The Flight? You’ll be in the air for around an hour dependent upon weather conditions and suitable landing areas. The whole experience, from setting up, safety briefings, flight, landing and getting back to your original launch site lasts for approximately 5 hours.

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon experience  includes

  • Early pick-up from your camp or lodge
  • Transfer to the launch site for a sunrise take-off (the guide will spot animals along the way so it’s a bonus safari time)
  • 1-hour hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast on landing
  • Transfer to the launch site for breakfast (we saw lions along the way!)
  • Full English breakfast
  • The price does not include park entry fees and assumes you are already inside the park and have paid the fees.

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon experience  not included

  • Entry/Admission – Serengeti National Park
  • Entry/Admission – Ndutu Lake
  • Entry/Admission – Seronera
  • Entry/Admission – Grumeti River
  • Tips

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Serengeti Balloon Safaris
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